A lifetime proponent of good health and nutrition practices, Julie Pech heard a knock of opportunity the moment she heard of the health benefits of dark chocolate. She decided to approach her long-ignored dream of becoming a published author head on, and she quickly penned The Chocolate Therapist: A User’s Guide to the Extraordinary Health Benefits of Chocolate. Motivated to further share the healthy way to enjoy great chocolate, Pech then opened a storefront in 2008 where expert chocolatiers craft a host of healthy sweets each day from all-natural ingredients. While Julie has turned her attention to expanding the brand and opening new stores, new owners Jeff and Libby Nordeen are committed to continuing the mission of offering high-quality, hand-made chocolates. They have also expanded into gourmet beverages and now the staff also mix up hot lattes and cappuccinos from fresh-roasted coffee and farm-fresh, hormone-free milk, and pour cups of rich sipping chocolate that offer a liquid alternative to inhaling chocolate from your at-home vaporizer.
The recently opened Delizios boasts an abundant offering of wine alongside its Spanish and Italian-inspired food menu. The staff closely works with experienced sommeliers and on-target oenophiles to prepare the shop's varied list, resulting in enough fermented selections to charm lovers of libations ranging from blushing wines to impossible-to-embarrass pinot grigios. Sip on the La Noble ($26 for a bottle), a full-flavored 2007 French merlot, or sample the Kunde Magnolia Lane ($7.50 for a glass, $26 for a bottle), a 2006 California sauvignon blanc. For champions of champagne who hate to only pop the cork at New Year's Eve parties or on the set of rap videos, the Veuve du Vernay Brut ($7.50 for a glass, $26 for a bottle) provides a dry, sparkling taste ideal for marathon toasts.
Beneath the rustic beams at Old Mill Brewery & Grill, patrons linger over frosty pints of in-house crafted microbrews while chatting near the exposed-brick fireplace. It's here, after all, where local brewers trailblazed the art of creating fine beers before the trend took shape. Today, they continue to produce six stellar beers in styles that range from pilsners to lagers and IPAs to stouts. Bartenders also tap pours of seasonal brews, such as a coconut porter, double IPA, or a fruit-infused raspberry red. Platefuls of home-cooked American fare complement each sip of suds, and include classic burgers and sandwiches along with a slew of succulent entrees—such as homemade fish ‘n’ chips. Nestled in historic downtown Littleton, Old Mill Brewery & Grill welcomes scores of friends and family who flock to its homey charms for a leisurely meal or to enjoy televised sporting events on its big-screen TVs.
Named Denver's best barbeque by CBS Denver in 2010, Big Papa's BBQ specializes in slow smoked ribs, brisket, and sausage, as well as authentic Southern side dishes and homemade desserts. Turn on mouth spigots with Big Papa's BBQ meat-filled Denver menu or Littleton menu, both of which feature hickory smoked selections from the restaurants' mobile smokers. Load a sturdy plate with a pound of brisket ($11.95), half a pound of pork ($6.45), or half a pound of hot links ($6.45), and ask for an accompaniment of hearty sides ($1.95 per serving, $3.95 per pint), such as four-cheese mac and cheese, sweet potato casserole, Southern style cole slaw, BBQ beans, or fried okra. Feast on the fins of deep-fried catches with a catfish po'boy sandwich ($7.45+), or share an appetizer of catfish nuggets ($7.95) battered in corn meal and served with tartar sauce and hush puppies to replicate the traditional underwater canapés used by Sirens to lure sailors to their watery graves.
Hand-tossed pizza was once as common as bowler hats and retirement benefits. The pies on Bow Mar's menu resurrect this lost American tradition with sauce and dough made in house and a taste as fresh as a brand-new set of bocce balls. Get three to ten toppings on a full-fledged pizza for $9.99, or stick to cheese for $6.99 (cheese sticks are $3.99–$4.99). A meat-feast specialty pie ($9.99) comes with pepperoni, Italian sausage, ham, and meatballs. If one is your loneliest number, personal pizzas provide ample company ($3.49–$4.49). For more-three-dimensional sustenance, try 10 hot-'n'-spicy or honey-barbecue wings ($6.99), an 8-inch Italian beef or meatball sub ($5.99), or a large garden salad ($3.99).